I hope you have all had a great time over Christmas and aren’t suffering too much from a post turkey & booze overindulgence hangover?
We have had a quiet few days here ourselves. With the littlest member of our brood feeling none too hot. Well, actually I tell a lie, he’s been feeling much too hot for the majority of the last week! Apart from his raging temperature which has caused him to be almost delirious at times, he’s had no appetite, been full of snot, coughing his guts up and generally been a very poorly little boy. But for the sake of the other children we tried not to let that put a dampener on our festivities!
After a quiet morning, Christmas Eve afternoon was spent putting up the tree with a little festive cheer of a Christmas CD in the background. I know a lot of you will have had your trees up since sometime in the beginning December but it makes things all the more special for us to wait (and I’m not ready to pull it down before the big day has even arrived!), you can read here how this tradition began.
We had a brand new tree this year as our old one, which was older than any of our children, had finally given up the ghost and was just way to wonky to survive another year! I had a minor panic around lunchtime wondering if I should have at least opened the box to make sure there was actually a tree inside and that all the bits were there, but thankfully we were good to go. And after a short amount of time we had a lovely tree and the best thing? The kids did all the work!
Come evening we pulled out the obligatory new PJ’s, mugs and hot chocolates. Then we logged on to Norad to watch Santa speeding his way across the globe delivering his billions of prezzies from his far too small sack. Also Norad, LV would like to know whether the Elves are hiding in this magic sack as there are none on his sleigh to help him with this mammoth task? Just thought I’d pass on the message because of course you (Norad as a whole) are reading this, according to LV!
Even O managed to perk up a little and watched the image of Santa for a few moments. Before deciding that the keys on my laptop needed rearranging of course!
After a very hot and sweaty night, filled with delirious dreams on O’s behalf and very little sleep for me and Lee as he tossed and turned between us, it was finally time for the kids to open their stockings. We managed to steal a few precious extra seconds of shut eye before being dragged out of bed. I was that tired I didn’t even manage to take any photo’s of the kids opening their gifts but needless to say the older four were over the moon at their haul. Among some other things, the teens had the new phones they’ve been desperate for, LM had her brand new pink hockey stick and LV had some wrestling toys.
Well, he was completely indifferent to it all! I thought he may have had a little enthusiasm to at least rip off the paper, but the poorly little thing just watched as I ‘helped’ him open the gifts. We’ve had more excitement out of him when the microwave goes beep than he did this Christmas morning and thinking about it I believe he showed more interest last year when he was only a few months old!
But this year? he was more likely to be found whinging or like this:
This photo was taken at lunch time. He’d managed to eat one little pig in a blanket which, apart from one yoghurt two days earlier, was the most he’d eaten in one sitting all week. Must have been too much for him I guess.
He spent all of yesterday (boxing day) attached to Dadi. Literally. He wouldn’t even look at anyone else and even cried when he had to leave the room. By the end of the day Lee’s top was stiff with snot where O had been sleeping on him! The kids didn’t mind as they got to spend all day playing with their new toys and the teens have had their heads stuck in their phones since they opened them!
Today I think he has finally turned that corner and is on the mend. We even managed to go out in the car for an hour. His temperature has been pretty much normal all day and apart from the streaming snot (seriously where does it all come from?!?) I think he’ll be on full form by Monday and bossing everyone around in is own little non-verbal way!
I hope you have all had a much healthier Christmas than we have had here?